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By Graham A. Cosmas

In America’s renowned reminiscence of the Spanish-American battle, the all-volunteer tough Riders received the warfare regardless of ossified civilian and normal military management. during this authoritative account, besides the fact that, army historian Graham A. Cosmas reconstructs the making plans and execution of Spanish-American battle technique from the point of view of these with the final word accountability: the president, the secretary of warfare, the commanding common of the military, and the executive and commanders of the army’s a number of bureaus and corps.

Cosmas argues that the normal view of the battle is from the “bottom up” simply because, whereas headlines have been being made approximately insufficient provides, affliction, and outmoded guns at flooring point, the civilian and army figures on the maximum ranks remained almost silent approximately how and why they made their judgements. This quantity, in accordance with extensive study in documentary fabrics, together with the non-public papers of President William McKinley and Secretary of warfare Russell A. Alger, in addition to the voluminous records of Adjutant basic Henry Clark Corbin and the quartermaster general’s places of work, indicates the day by day growth of the warfare because the highest-ranking officers observed it, digested it, and dependent next judgements on it.

Faced with budgetary strain from Congress, political strain from the states’ nationwide safeguard devices, and the president’s moving stand on goals for the conflict, the military was once certainly ailing ready for its unexpected mobilization. Cosmas concludes that the army’s management was once pressured right into a tricky new place in 1898, one within which its personal new principles of administration and association coupled with the vast new scope of nationwide political/military ambitions did not handle the particular situations of the conflict. After the preliminary wartime error, notwithstanding, the military solved sufficient of its difficulties to make the campaigns in Puerto Rico and the Philippines run extra easily, notwithstanding with much less information price. As Cosmas indicates, the Spanish-American warfare was once a foretaste of the hot century, prompting the formation of a latest employees and command process that may profoundly modify international history.

This paperback version of An military for Empire comprises the author’s 1994 preface; extra illustrations; and elevated dialogue of African American infantrymen, the land engagements at San Juan Hill and El Caney, and the interval among the August 1898 armistice and Secretary Alger’s departure a yr later.

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America's First Battles, 1776-1965 (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1986), 109-48. Page xv Introduction Tales of romantic heroism, charges of official mismanagement, and allegations of negligence and corruption dominate most accounts of the United States Army's part in the Spanish-American War. In the accepted version, elderly, hidebound staff officers, aided and abetted by a weak President and his incompetent Secretary of War, blunder into the conflict unprepared, shape an amateurish, aimless strategy, and fail abysmally in the procurement and distribution of supplies.

16 III The nation in 1898 did not have an army in any operational sense of that word. It possessed instead a large collection of companies, battalions, regiments, and batteriesthose of the Regular establishment well equipped, trained, and commanded, those of the state militia indifferently or poorly outfitted and led. The task of transforming this aggregation of men and weapons into a unified force for offense or defense would become in any emergency principally the work of the War Department.

An Army for Empire, 297 Bibliography, 327 Index, 339 Page viii List of Illustrations and Maps Lieutenant General John M. , 23 Major General Nelson A. Miles, 48 Secretary of War Russell Alexander Alger, 49 Adjutant General Henry C. Corbin, 50 President William McKinley, 69 Major General William R. , Commander of the Expedition to Manila, 109 President William McKinley tours an army camp, 109 Secretary of War Russell A. Alger with Brigadier General Henry C. Corbin, the adjutant general of the Army, 123 Major Generals Nelson A.

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